Austin Dillon Sweeps Charlotte With Xfinity Victory
by Pete McCole Austin Dillon lit up the field to win Saturday nightâ€™s Drive for the Cure 300 for his fourth NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the year, sweeping both of the seasons Xfinity races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dillon took the lead following a restart with 54 laps to go, diving under Erik Jones after going three-wide with Kyle Busch and led the final 44 green-flag laps to beat Jones by 2.8 seconds to collect his sixth-career Xfinity Series victory.
by Pete McCole Matt Kenseth led a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep of the front row to win his second straight pole and fourth of the season in Thursdayâ€™s qualifying session for Saturday nightâ€™s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway â€“ the opening race in the 12-driver Contender round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Kenseth laid down a single lap of 27.759 second (194.532 mph) in the final round that was enough to beat out his teammate Kyle Busch for the top spot.
Johnson Eliminated Kevin Harvick gained a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Contender Round by winning the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. Harvick led 355 of the 400 laps. Kyle Busch placed second, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jamie McMurray and Aric Almirola, respectively. The Chase field has now been trimmed from 16 to 12. The four drivers eliminated include six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson, McMurray, Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard.
Kenseth to start from pole A hard, steady rain at Dover International Speedway made Matt Kenseth's life easier - and Kevin Harvick's challenge even more difficult than it otherwise might have been. With a massive East Coast storm forcing cancellation of all of Friday's track activity at the Monster Mile, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, Kenseth will start on the pole for Sundayâ€™s AAA 400, the elimination race for the Challenger Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
by Pete McCole Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart announced Wednesday that he will be retiring as a Sprint Cup driver at the end of the 2016 racing season, bringing an end to a 20-year career for one of the sportâ€™s most successful and controversial drivers. Saying it was "the right time" and wanting a chance to do something different, Stewart plans to make a final run for the title in 2016, and then give up the driver's seat of the No. 14 Chevrolet to the recently unemployed Clint Bowyer.
Beats teammate Hamlin by 9-sec. Matt Kenseth zoomed to victory in Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, driving past an out-of-gas Kevin Harvick with three laps remaining to win the second event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Kenseth led 27 of the 300 laps, powering the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota to a 8.942-second margin of victory over teammate Denny Hamlin at the checkered flag.
How is Toyota all of a sudden winning everything? Posting the fastest lap of Friday's time trials late in the final round of knockout qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Carl Edwards knocked Kevin Harvick off the pole for Sunday's Sylvania 300, the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Edwards covered the 1.058-mile distance in 27.604 seconds (137.980 mph) to earn his third Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his second at New Hampshire -- completing a season sweep of the top starting spot at the Magic Mile -- and the 16th of his career.
Wins first Chase race In a late race restart, Denny Hamlin soared to the top of the leaderboard and headed to Victory Lane in Sunday's myAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Carl Edwards, earned himself the runner-up position as he, too, was strong in the race's final restart.
by Brian Carroccio NASCAR could have used an exciting race Saturday evening at Richmond as a lead-in to The Chase for the Sprint Cup. They sure as heck didnâ€™t get it. For one, other than a non-2015 winner taking the checkered flag in Saturdayâ€™s Federated Auto Parts 400, there was really no drama entering the evening. Also, while you canâ€™t criticize Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota for cleaning everyoneâ€™s clock, their dominance did make the evening something of a formality.
Matt Kenseth Leads 352 of 400 Laps in Richmond Win
by Pete McCole Matt Kenseth picked up his fourth win of the season in a dominating performance in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, leading 352 of the 400 laps distance. Kenseth proved to be unstoppable over the final 103 circuits, taking the checkered flag by nearly a full second over his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Joey Logano, Aric Almirola and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made up the rest of the top five.
Elliott Snaps Winless Streak With Richmond Victory
by Pete McCole Chase Elliott broke through to record his first win of the season as the defending Xfinity Series champion too the checkered flag in Friday night's Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Elliott led the final 83 laps and held off a strong charge by perennial Xfinity favorite Kyle Busch to snap a 39-race winless streak with his fourth career series win. Brian Scott finished third ahead of Joey Logano and Erik Jones.
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